Do Your Shoes Fit? Average Foot Size Larger Than Ever Before

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Our lifestyle choices have an enormous impact on our health and our bodies, influencing our appearance, our weight, our teeth… and now, it seems, even our shoe size! Since 1970,the average foot has gone up by 2 sizes, to a size 6 for women and a size 10 for men, compared with respective average sizes of 4 and 8 during the seventies.


This increase in foot size is in line with a height increase inthe general population, too, largely due to improvements in diet and healthcare. However, obesity is also a contributing factor and it can certainly cause foot size to change in adult life.

Is Obesity Linked to Foot Problems?

In short, yes. Children who are overweight tend to suffer more with fallen arches, as being heavier puts greater pressure on the feet. Obesity is also problematic for adults, as feet are likely to spread due to the additional weight they carry, and this can cause feet to become wider, which may make it difficult to find shoes that fit correctly.

So What Can we do About it?

A healthy lifestyle is the best way to prevent problems developing withyour skin, teeth and mental health, as well as your feet. Eating a nutritionally balanced diet and taking regular exercise will have you feeling on top of the world and looking great, and you’re much less likely to experience problems with your health in the future.

Take a look at the shoes you’re wearing on a daily basis and see whether they are working for your feet or against them. Give your feet the support they need to prevent spreading and to keep you free of pain. Correctly fitted shoes are essential for your foot health so take expert advice and be sure to try them on before you buy.

Ill-fitting Shoes Cause Many Foot Problems

According to a recent poll by the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, almost 4 in 10 women buy shoes knowing they do not fit. Wearing shoes that are too small can cause a number of foot problems and conditions, including:

  • Calluses and corns
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Overlapping toes
  • Sore/aching feet

The good news is that most of these complaints can be cured very simply, just by wearing shoes that fit correctly! Here at Foot Solutions, we can perform gait tests and foot analysis that will help to find shoes that will be comfortable and supportive for your feet, whatever their size and shape.

Consult Foot Solutions for Comfortable Shoes in Ireland

Just pop into one of our friendly shoe shops in Ireland to find the best shoes for your feet. We have a great range of sandals for the summer as well as stylish work shoes that will keep you feeling comfortable all day. Contact us online now to speak to our helpful team.